Why Community?

It’s so easy to get caught up in the business of of life and let church life and accountability (i.e. community) get lost in the shuffle. Why is community a priority? Why should I prioritize it? Really, come on now, what’s the big deal? Isn’t going to church on Sunday mornings enough?

Simply put, community should be prioritized because God’s commands us to.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:23-25

This morning I read something that clearly expresses why God designed us to live in community and the importance of it…

Our personal relationship with God links us to other believers. Our transformation is worked out within the family of God. This is not necessarily the simpler way: being involved with other people can be inefficient, complicated, and time consuming. So many things can go wrong in relationships. But this is why community is such a big part of God’s plan to transform us into the image of Christ. The more we understand our own hearts, the more we see that it takes a work of God’s grace to transform us from self-absorbed individuals into a community of love.

Do you get a sense of how big the love of Christ is? The love of Christ is so long and high and deep that we cannot see this love or experience it all by our finite selves. We have to grasp it “together with the saints” (Eph. 3:18). As isolated individuals, we cannot reach the level of maturity that God has designed for us. This fullness happens as we live in a loving, redemptive community with one another, as we struggle together, and as we grow together.

–Timothy S. Lane & Paul David Tripp, How Christ Changes Us By His Grace, The Journal of Biblical Counseling-Spring 2005

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